YOU can help reinvent democracy!

Participatory budgeting (PB) depends on hundreds of people like you who want to rebuild the relationship between government and the people. PB gives you real power over how your taxes are spent.

Guides and Toolkits to do Participatory Budgeting

Win a PB Process

Designed with organizers and advocates in mind, this toolkit gives you the tools you need to get started campaigning to bring PB to your community.

Plan a PB Process

This toolkit is for officials and staff of governments and institutions that are interested in launching a PB process.

Run a PB Process

PBP’s flagship Implementation Manual is a one-stop document that contains a detailed overview of key goals, tasks, trainings, and all necessary tools to implement each phase of the process.

SMS Outreach Guide

Nonprofits and public institutions are turning to text messaging to inform and engage the communities they serve – especially those that have low or no access to the Internet.

Outreach Toolkit

PB works because people participate. This guide will help you plan and execute an effective outreach campaign.

Use PB for TIF Funds

PB can be used for any budget. Learn about Tax Increment Financing Funds and the ways Chicago residents opened them up to a real democratic process.

PB in Schools

Schools and school districts in the U.S. and internationally have used PB to engage students, parents, and educators in deciding which school programs and improvements to fund using a portion of the school budget.

PB in Schools Guide

includes 18 lesson plans and 6 worksheets that are designed to take 45 minutes, once a week, over the course of a semester.

PB Evaluation and Research Tools

Developed in partnership with Public Agenda for the North America Participatory Budgeting Research Board.

Books by Josh Lerner, PBP's Executive Director:

Making Democracy Fun

How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics
In Making Democracy Fun, Josh Lerner offers a novel solution for the sad state of our deliberative democracy: the power of good game design.

Everyone Counts

Could "Participatory Budgeting" Change Democracy?
In Everyone Counts, PBP co-founder and executive director Josh Lerner provides a concise history of the organization's origins and its vision, highlighting its real-world successes in fostering grassroots budgeting campaigns in such cities as New York, Boston, and Chicago.